Development and validation of the male rape myth acceptance scale (MRMAS)

Hine, Ben ORCID:, Murphy, Anthony ORCID: and Churchyard, Jamie ORCID: (2021) Development and validation of the male rape myth acceptance scale (MRMAS). Heliyon: Psychology, 7 (6).

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Despite growing recognition of male-on-male rape and its related myths, research in this area has been held back by the lack of a reliable and comprehensive measure or scale. The present work utilises a large and diverse participant sample over two studies (Study 1 N = 510, Study 2 N = 527) to validate a new Male Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (MRMAS), measuring myths falling under six principle themes: masculinity, sexuality, pleasure, perpetrators, context, and effect. Analysis suggested a two-factor scale, with ‘Blame’ and ‘Minimisation/Exoneration’ sub-scales. Both the overall scale and sub-scales demonstrate excellent reliability and construct validity, and are thus proposed as tools to enable the proliferation of future research on male rape myth acceptance, both in general and specialist populations, in an attempt to improve the experiences of male rape victims.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07421
Keywords: rape; male rape; rape myth acceptance; validation; scale
Subjects: Psychology
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Depositing User: Ben Hine
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 18:52
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:06


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